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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Books To Look Forward To In 2014

Several different newspapers/magazines have published lists recommending titles for books that will be published this year. There are quite a few which seem worthy to me.

USA Today suggests the following:

Under the Wide & Starry Sky by Nancy Horan. Horan's last title was the well received Loving Frank. This title out Jan. 21st is about the love affair between the Scotsman Robert Louis Stevenson (author of The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Treasure Island among others) and Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne - the divorced mother of three who was a decade older.

An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris which is out on Jan 28th. This is the story of the infamous Dreyfus affair told as a chillingly dark, hard-edged novel of conspiracy and espionage. Harris is brilliant with this type of historical literary thriller.

Still Life With Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen. Quindlen is one of my favorite authors and this book out on Jan 28th also. In this novel she ponders life and love after age 60. You might remember one of her latest nonfiction titles Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake and hitting another of my tender spots, Good Dog, Stay.

Blood Will Out by Walter Kirn is out on March 3rd. This nonfiction work reveals Kirn's relationship with a real life Mr. Ripley - the man he had considered a friend,  who presented himself as Clark Rockefeller but was actually a double murderer. True crime aficionados get ready.

Frog Music by Emma Donoghue  the acclaimed author of Room is coming out on April 7th.  This novel is based on the real unsolved murder of Jenny Bonnet in 1876 San Francisco. This is a story also about the bohemian culture in the city at this time.

Next - one's suggested by The Hollywood Reporter:

Loudest Voice in the Room by Gabe Sherman. This is the long anticipated story of Roger Ailes, the Chairman of Fox News. This one actually came out on Jan 14th. It is on order and in the catalog.

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs also out on the 14th and in the catalog. This is the sequel to the run away hit Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.  It continues this curious blend of fantasy, thriller with historical photographs.

Love and Treasure by Ayelet Waldman, the wife of author Michael Chabon. This novel, out April 1st, is based on a true life search for a train loaded with Hungarian gold which disappeared at the end of WWII.

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King due out on June 3rd. No one does the story of the battle between good and evil as well as King. This one deals with a retired detectives chase for a terrorist with a bomb - one that King thought was scarily close to the Boston Bombing.

Armada by Ernie Cline out sometime in July. First of all, you have to understand that I LOVED Ready Player One. This covers that same territory and has already been purchased by Universal. It is not in the catalog yet but I can't wait!!!!

Untitled by Robert Galbraith and we all know who that really is. After the dramatic success of  The Cuckoo's Calling, Rowling has her second in the series coming. No real publication date yet but sometimes in the summer is what they are saying.

That is a taste of what is coming out. Of course, there will be others that come up later but it looks like an exciting year to me.

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